We arrived late afternoon after negotiating the lanes car park (£22.50) for 24hrs, not the most prepossessing car park but looked fairly secure. The hotel can only be described as shabby and fading fast, the web site photos have been taken some time ago and from interesting angles. I booked a standard room but for some unknown reason was given a free upgrade, the original room was £115.00 including breakfast. Room 210 overlooked the sea and pier and the main sea front road, the double glazing did little to remove the traffic noise.
The room like the hotel was fading fast, an inspection of the sink, bath and plugholes revealed something nasty which we didn't investigate further. The toilet roll holder had at some time been removed the holes roughly filled and left. Around the shower screen were brown marks and badly repaired flaking paintwork. The bath hadn't been cleaned well, so the luxury of a soak after walking the lanes etc was not an option.
The bed side lamp had the bulb socket broken with bare wires exposed, this was reported on leaving.
On going out for the evening we were surprised to see large gentlemen bouncers on the door, yet on the THistle further up the road no such sights.
Being in the front we didn't suffer from late revellers, although traffic noise was a problem, I dread to think what a standard room is like.
Breakfast was served in a cheerless room which must double as something else, coffee almost undrinkable with no discernable taste and served in canteeen style mugs, the cooked breakfast wasn't bad but scrambled egg probably good for polyfilla. The bacon had that strange "european" taste, however if so inclined you were able to have as much as you wanted.
We never got to the "Spa" which may well have been a blessing in disguise.
In conclusion we felt that Brighton had a certain sleazy air about it as did the hotel, it needs a revamp and is certainly not worth 4 stars. Having stayed in many european cities and China this is the only place that we didn't feel comfortable at night.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the Queens Hotel in Brighton, you will receive a warm welcome from our friendly and professional team, one which will ensure your stay with us will be a truly memorable experience. The Queens Hotel Brighton overlooks Brighton Beach, the famous Brighton Pier, and promenade. The area comes alive at night with various restaurants, pubs and clubs situated around the area. The hotel has a large leisure club with Pool, & Sauna as well as 20 cardiovascular & 10 resistance machine as well as a well stocked free weights area & Olympic bench. We also have an in-house spa offering a wide range of beauty treatments & the No1 Bar and Bistro for Breakfast, Afternoon Teas and Evening meals & snacks with our Bar open till 1am Sunday - Thursday, & Late on Friday and Saturdays. We also have 14 fully serviced apartments that are an ideal option for your Brighton getaway ! ... more less
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